The Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle show plants from all around the world as well as typical South Tyrolean landscapes. Paths snake their way through water and terrace gardens and lead you through the garden of senses or to the Japanese garden, to slopes covered with cactuses and succulents or to southern plants such as olive trees or grape vines.
The archaeological museum gives you a general view of the first settlements in the Alpine region from the 7th century BC. You can admire a still fully intact melting furnace from the Bronze Age. The circular wall, which was built around 1100, is among the oldest and best preserved castle walls and still includes parts of the battlements. The two marble portals dating back to the 12th century are rich in symbolic sculptures and are among the most original creations of romanesque art in Tyrol. The chapel with frescoes from the 13th century offers the oldest examples of glass paintings in Tyrol as well as a mighty wooden sculpture representing the crucifixion scene that dates to the 14th century.
Merano and surroundings are among the most varied holiday regions in the whole Alpine area. Situated at the foot of the Texel Group Nature Park and featuring mountain peaks of more than 3000 m, the basin valley of Merano is known for its mild climate and its unique Alpine and mediterranean vegetation.
Thurnstein castle is surrounded by vinegards which are spread across the sunbathed slopes of the Mutspitze below Tyrol Castle. Starting from here there are countless possibilities of discovering and enjoying the magnificent and varied natural countryside. A frequent and direct bus connection makes it easy to visit the spatown of Merano with its innumerable sights. Dorf Tirol prides itself on its countless hicking trails and paths along its numerous irrigation channels with panoramic views overlooking Merano. Discover the scenic charm of Tirolo along its theme trails and walks around the village situated above the spa town Merano – we are happy to give you any advice you may need.